Artist Residency at Whiterock Conservancy

Posted by:Diana Vergis Vinh Posted on:November 17, 2023 Comments:18

I’ve just come home from an artist residency at the Whiterock Conservancy along the Middle Raccoon River near Coon Rapids, IA. Founded in 2004 by the Garst family the mission of this 5,500 acre land trust is to provide educational and recreational opportunities for the public, improve and protect the land through conservation, and demonstrate sustainable farming methods.

For 10 glorious days I got up before sunrise to wander miles of trails through oak trees and prairie grasses. In the afternoons I returned to the historic River house to paint. At night the stars came out and the sounds of owls and coyotes filled the cold air.





18 People reacted on this

  1. Oh, Diana, what a wonderful opportunity for you to spend days soaking in and recording that beautiful place! Your photos and paintings are amazing. ♥️

  2. Love the watercolors. Sunrises look great. Wonderful soft colors that compliment the landscape well. I always think of Iowa as border to border corn fields, but this give a nice alternative perspective.

  3. As always your photos and art are beautiful. You are able to capture not only the beauty in nature but the mood and “feeling” that inspires so many.

  4. Beautiful photography, video and watercolors!
    As a White Rock Artist in Residence 4 years ago, I appreciate seeing this continue to make a difference in others lives!
    Nancita Wernett

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